This is a lot of speculation as teams can change quickly due to injuries or a player that really hits a good stride. Here are some of the worst teams in college football for 2018.
- UTEP– This team has major issues at quarterback and must find a way to replace Will Hernandez on the offensive line. New Coach Dana Dimel didn’t fare really well in Houston so there are no upward projections to report.
- Kent State– They need lots of good players including a quarterback and defensive players. Coach Lewis has his work cut out for him.
- Charlotte– The quarterback, Hasaan Klugh, threw 13 interceptions last year. The defense was porous as they allowed over 32 points per game. They must get better.
- New Mexico State– The Aggies have decided to get out of their conference and make a go at it as an independent. That will hurt a team that went to a bowl last year. Also, they lost quarterback Tyler Rogers, receiver Jaleel Scott, and running back Larry Rose and have no quality backups.
- Rice– The offense was pathetic last season as they tossed 16 interceptions and only threw for six touchdowns in the entire season. Many players left the squad and top receiver Kylen Granson wanted out and there is no replacement. Defensively, they allowed over 35 points per game.
- Coastal Carolina– There is one glimmer of hope as head coach Joe Moglia returns after missing last season due to medical concerns. The Chanticleers lost their top rusher and linebacker. The first thing the coach must do is identify a quarterback from a pool of five that played last season. Also, the defense needs an upgrade as they allowed 35 points per game to their opponents.
- Liberty– They are making the move to the FBS level of football and that is never easy. They lost leading rusher Carrington Mosley and are saddled with a defense that gave up 30.4 points per game.
- Texas State– The Bobcats need a quarterback now. Willie Jones just hasn’t progressed the way he should and who will run the ball? Last year, the team averaged 3.4 yards per carry and the defense allowed 36 sacks on the season.
- San Jose State– Both sides of the ball ranked last in the conference. Their leading tackler, Frank Ginda, left for the NFL. Coach Brent Brennan will need to show improvement in his second season.
- Hawaii– I don’t get it. Why wouldn’t good football players want to be in a beautiful state? Coach Nick Rolovich has to find replacements in all areas of the game. The defense must improve from allowing 33.9 points per game.
- East Carolina– Coach Scottie Montgomery will need to shore up a defense that gave up an astonishing 45 points per game. Also, he will start a true freshman at quarterback and must find a way to garner more than 3.3 yards per carry from last year.
- Bowling Green– Defense is weak and coach Mike Jinks may be on the hot seat this season. One good thing for the Falcons is the freshman are now sophomores.
- Ball State– The defense allowed over 40 points per game and their top lineman is gone. They must get a quarterback to stay healthy for coach Mike Neu to get some wins.
- South Alabama- It has to be tough to be another team from Alabama when all eyes are on the Crimson Tide. New coach Steve Campbell isn’t worried about them as he must decide on a quarterback and find a new running back to carry the workload. Safety Jeremy Reaves is gone and will be the toughest to replace.
- Central Michigan– Lots of players are gone from last season. Three seniors are gone from the receiving group and tight end Tyler Conklin graduated. The Chippewas will need a new quarterback for coach John Bonamego.
Bonus Play: The worst team from the Power 5 conferences appears to be Oregon State. New coach Jonathan Smith returns to his alma mater and he must find replacements for both side of the football. The offense needs an upgrade from scoring 20.7 points per game. The quarterback situation is a question mark after a season-ending injury to Jake Luton.